US Congress panel to discuss Jammu and Kashmir today

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22nd October, 2019 04:12:48 printer

US Congress panel to discuss Jammu and Kashmir today


With normal life affected for 78th day in Jammu and Kashmir after India revoked the status of Kashmir, New Delhi of India is bracing for a critical assessment in Washington DC of USA on Tuesday, where a US Congress panel will hold a hearing at the Capitol Hill, reports The Indian Express.

US Congressman Brad Sherman, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia, will hold a hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia: Views from the State Department and the Region” at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington at 10 am US Eastern Daylight Time (7.30 pm IST) on Tuesday. According to the latest schedule available, US State Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary (Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs) Alice G Wells and Assistant Secretary in Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour at the State Department, Robert A Destro, will testify before the committee.

They will be cross-questioned by US Congressmen on the panel about American efforts and assessment of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla had briefed Sherman and some others in the Congressional panel on the Kashmir situation before the hearing.

Sources told The Indian Express that while tough questions are expected from US Congressmen during the hearing, Delhi will watch the language used by US administration officials Wells and Destro in their testimonies.